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threatening note was found aboard another plane. we'll bring you the latest on that. and you are looking live at the swollen mississippi river in memphis where the water is rising and more residents are being told to evacuate. we have new information about when and where the river will crest. and this -- deadly and very frightening violence in the streets of cairo just two months after protests led to a new government. muslims and christians clash and a church goes up in flames. i'm holly gorani in for don lemon today. you are in the cnn newsroom. well, breaking news out of st. louis this mother's day. an unruly passenger aboard a continental flight is blamed for causing the plane to divert to st. louis. it had taken off from houston and was originally headed to chicago. according to airport officials in st. louis the passenger tried
to open the forward exit while the plane was in the air. the passenger was restrained and the plane eventually landed safely. at this time all we know is a male passenger was taken off the plane and other passengers resumed their flight. and a second airliner also had to be diverted today. a note found aboard a delta flight triggered a security scare. flight 1706 was en route from detroit to san diego when a flight attendant discovered a sis pishs note in the restroom. the plane landed in albuquerque. it spenl several hours in a remote area while the luggage was screened and passengers were interviewed. the security sweep of the plane found nothing and the plane was cleared to fly out to san diego. well, now to our top story this weekend, of course, with the peek into osama bin laden's life in hiding. we have seen these videos newly released 24 hours ago. five videos seized during the raid that killed osama bin laden have been leased by u.s.
intelligence officials. now, each of them had the sound removed presumably to avoid spreading bin laden's words. that might be one of the explanations. now president barack obama believes it is possible that bin laden got help from inside pakistan to avoid being discovered. bin laden's compound is less than 40 miles from the capital in abbottabad. very close to the pakistani military academy. here's what president obama said on cbs' "60 minutes." >> we think there was some sort of support network for bin laden inside of pakistan, but we don't know who or what that support network was. we don't know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government, and that's something that we have to investigate and more importantly the pakistani government has to investigate. and we have already communicated to them, and they have indicated
they have a profound interest in finding out what kind of support networks bin laden might have had. but these are questions that we are not going to be able to answer three our or four days after the event. it will take time for us to exploit the intelligence that we were able to gather on site. >> the president there said there has been some sort of support network to keep osama bin laden in hiding. now the united states did not tell pakistan that it was going to conduct a raid in pakistan and that the raid on bin laden was coming. the national security adviser tells cnn's state of the union that special forces pulled enough information from the hideout to fill a small click lie rare, college library. michael hayden, the former director of the cia, tells cnn's fareed zacaria about this a few
years ago. >> it was four years ago in 2007 when had built up sufficient lead information on the name of the courier we thought was ready for presidential primetime. we briefed it to the president, not as something eminent, but as the most promising lead to track down bin laden because frankly the trail has been cold for a long period of time. >> hayden says that an important lead in the hunt for that courier came from detainee interrogations at so-called black sites, secret, cia prisons located outside the united states. all right. now we'll turn our attention to memphis now. officials there are warning residents to brace for a large-scale disaster as the mississippi river continues to rise. this is as live view from downtown memphis with the interstate 40 bridge in the background. a lot of the park you see in this shot is now under water. as you can see from this
map, no fewer than eight midwestern and southern states have been dealing with the rampaging river. we'll go to cairo, egypt, in a second. this is cairo, illinois. a move made by the army corps of engineers took place last week. let's go to ted rowlands with more. >> reporter: first we'll look at how much water we are dealing with. this is water from the mississippi river, but it is not the mississippi river. you see way off in the distance that building? that is about a half mile or quarter mile away from the banks of the mississippi river. all of this water into this spillway came from the mississippi so far away and came all the way up the levee here. this is the mississippi levee protecting the city. they've got two problems here. you see the wall on the backside of this little v and that red barge in the back is the ohio river. and that comes right up against
that retaining wall, that brick wall. and the good news is the levels of both of the bodies of water have dropped over the last few days. people who have been evacuated for the last week are now coming back to their homes. authorities are telling them to leave in the evening hours because specifically the ohio river has a lot of pressure on it. if this levee gives way, the entire city would be flooded within a few hours. people are being asked to leave in the evening hours, but a few sigh of relief. a lot of worried folks thought they would lose their homes. one of the things they believe saved their home was the decision by the army corps of engineers to blow up a levee on this side of the mississippi river. the problem with that is it did flood farmland in neighboring missouri. there are a lot of farmers who lost their homes and had their farmland flooded. they are not happy at all. they are going to court to get relief, but the folks here in cairo are happy and, for the
most part, home. >> ted rowlands in cairo, illinois, not cairo, illinois. we look forward to more of your reporting at 10:00 p.m. later on with your exclusive reporting. thank you, ted. cities and towns downstream from memphis will feel the impact of the rising waters in the coming days. new orleans already has a plan in place. jacqui jeras is live at the cnn weather center. what is this plan? what are people bracing themselves for in this part of the u.s.? >> well, they are trying to avoid, basically, a catastrophe in new orleans. if they don't open some of the levees, kind of similar to what they did in cairo, but they don't have to explode it. they have a spillway system in place where they can just move gates and do a variety of things to help to protect that city. we'll talk a little bit about how long we still have to go and wear some of the crests. memphis, we are looking at tuesday for a crest. 14 feet above flood stage. we'll be watching vicksburg and baton rouge on the 23rd. then after that it will be new orleans.
right now the official forecast for new orleans showing the river already rising expected to be flooding out of its banks potentially by tuesday and then cresting into next week. but it is expected to crest just below the levee by about a half of a foot. and the reason why it is going to stay below is because they have this system in place. the river is cresting right now up here into the bootheel of missouri. ahead of it before that wall of water gets here, what they are going to do is open the gates at the spillway. what that is is basically a channel where they open up an area between the mississippi river and lake pontchartrain. lit release pressure and divert the water they have done this nine times before. the most recent time was in 2008. it was a successful mission. the u.s. army corps of engineer
is looking to open a second one in morganza, north of the baton rouge area, to relieve the pressure and divert that water down through an area here that's kind of swampland. unfortunately, there's a lot of people who live here and a lot of farm fields in the area. they have asked for it, but it has not been approved yet, but there could be another kind of controversial thing happening and if they release more of the water, that is. thank you. many southern states still reeling after deadly tornadoes ripped apart entire communities and took hundreds of lives. also ahead, some moms are counting their blessings on this particular mother hoof mother's day. and tempers flare between christians and muslims. hundreds are dead, many more are injured. we'll tell you what happened in
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violence that killed at least 12 people and injured more than 230 others. witnesses say an armed group of muslims, the em trooesist extremist muslims, attacked a church sunday angered by a woman who converted to islam was being held inside against her will. around the same time, a nearby church caught fire. a blaze apparently set by the same group of attackers. let's talk about this with our washington bureau chief for television. thank you for being with us. this has got to be very worrying for people who thought and hoped that the post revolutionary period in egypt was going to usher in true positive change for the country. >> absolutely. this is another indication that building a new political culture order in egypt after decades of despotism won't be easy. we have two things here. we have the long-established engrained, entrenched society of intolerance in the egyptian
society. adding to that and to the mubarak regime, acts of violence against the coptic minority is viewed as ambivalent by the government. there were never any serious investigations or transparency when acts of violence were committed against cults as individuals. >> here's what's cause for concern according to many today. this was organized by the muslim extremist wing. people were shot, firearms were used. this was not some sort of neighborhood spat gone wrong. it sounded a lot more organized. >> exactly. that's why, i think, the new military counsel should act swiftly with this issue. there has to be some
transparency and an open investigation. not like when mubarak was in charge. and i think those who are organizing these acts of violence against the cops should be punished. otherwise you will not have the new political order that people were fighting for a few months ago. >> that's just one of the many challenges after the revolution in egypt. we'll talk about the possible revolution in syria now. we are hearing from hillary clinton during a trip to roam over the last 24 hours. strong condemnation in terms of words against the syrian regime. will it have an impact internally in syria, do you think? >> i don't think so. unfortunately, secretary clinton keeps insisting this regime can reform. she said that during an interview on friday. i do believe that this dynasty is inredeemable. >> really? you don't think they will survive this because why would they be fragile on any level when they still control the
military, they still control the security forces, and they are cracking down on protesters according to all i witness reports we have been getting? >> even if you win this so-called round, even if you do what the iranian friends did in 2009 when defeated the revolution there in iran, they were probably medical reportly wounded, mortally wounded. it is going to be very difficult for him to claim he's an informer the way he used to claim before. my fear is if he doesn't reform, there would be deposchisms throughout the society. and the are regime is trying to scare people. one could argue that the actions of the regime itself are pushing the country to the bring of civil war. this is a very dangerous game, and i think the international community will slap them with
serious sanctions and also where the threat of criminal charges against the pillars of the regime. that's the only way he might stop violation. >> thank you very much. washington bureau chief, thank you for joining us on cnn. the woman, you will remember this face, she became the face of the gadhafi movement in libya for a while. this is the woman whose accusations of rape against the gadhafi regime received worldwide attention. she managed to get out of libya. she told cnn she crossed into tunisia on friday with help from a military officer and his family. she left tripoli in a military car wearing a head cover that obscured one eye passing through several checkpoints. you uh may remember this dramatic scene from march when he rushed into a hotel where journalists were staying and accused gadhafi loyalists of rapi in, g and beating her. she hopes to get protection from a western government now.
comedian bill cosby toured the damage in birmingham. he was there for graduation ceremonies at miles college and to receive an honorary dock rat from the school. he encouraged graduates to rebuild the community. across the south, the death toll from the tornado outbreak is at a staggering 318. across alabama, many women are spending this mother's day in red cross shelters, that includes one mom who climbed over rubble and down trees to make sure her newborn son was safe. our reynolds wolf talks to her with the latest on recovery efforts. >> reporter: i'm coming to you from pratte city, alabama. i'll step out of the way so you can see what the guys from alabama power are doing picking up the power lines, the community here, they are picking them up and sending them off to recycle. many beyond repair. this is the reaction in many communities here around central parts of alabama trying to clean
up after the storm. as far as you can see, this neighborhood here has wreckage everywhere with houses ripped apart, some completely off the foundation. look off in the distance here, every single house has had damage, nothing left untouched. certainly a tough thing to deal with, especially on a day like today, which, of course, happens to be mother's day. speaking of mother's day, just yesterday in tuscaloosa we were able to meet a very interesting person. she's 20 years old. her name is alicia fairchild celebrating mother's day in a shelter. she is a very interesting story. >> all i could think was, my son, i have to get to my son. they pulled nails out of my feet from where i had to run through my house. we had to pull out a huge tree blocking the door. i was determined to get to my son. >> that's a pretty great mother's day present. >> it really is. he's a blessing. i get to tell him, do you know you lived through a tornado when
you were 9 weeks old? >> reporter: what is it like being home for mother's day? >> it is kind of hard. i was picturing mother's day at home with his father and happy and everything. and it is not. it is far from happy. >> reporter: lecia has applied for federal assistance. she plans to first buy a car and a home. from pratt city, reynold wolf, cnn. relief could be on the way for your with gas prices. plus, people across the country celebrated the death of osama bin laden. but should we really rejoice when anyone dies? we'll talk with a professor of religion for his take. stay with cnn. before the break, this just
as you saw in reynolds' report, people are still cleaning up. in today's building up america, we are looking at homes actually built to survive tornadoes. here's cnn's tom foreman. >> reporter: thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, hundreds of lives taken. officials in alabama and other states are still adding up the losses from those killer tornadoes. while far away in another part of the so-called tornado alley near little rock -- it all looks perfectly normal. john house's home is a model of new technology aimed at stopping such terrible destruction. >> they would have no idea whatsoever unless they went up into the attic. >> reporter: well, let's go up into the attic. >> okay. >> reporter: here we can really see the difference. >> right. because we have bolted together structural steel. >> reporter: the frame is not made of wood but of steel. john is the president of kodiak
steel homes. despite the fact that these houses cost 5% more than usual, folks like this family are snapping them up. >> you can spend more now but this home is not going anywhere. >> reporter: other companies make steel homes but not many. john is proud to say his can withstand 140-mile-an-hour winds for four hours. >> i'll do it right away. >> reporter: sales have declined a bit, but not nearly as much as other builders because people want to be more secure in their big investments now. >> instead of making our homes cheaper in response to the recession, we have made our homes better. >> reporter: would you have any doubt about being up in this attic during a tornado? >> no, none whatsoever. >> reporter: that he hopes will not only keep building up his business, but also keep many families safer when the worst weather strikes. tom foreman, cnn. ♪
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suspicious notes were found in the bathroom. the flight was en route from san diego to detroit when diverted to albuquerque, new mexico, because of the note. after interviewing passengers and screening the luggage no threat was found. it appears the note was a hoax. it is a number we are trying to avoid. now it is official, $4 gas is here. the lumberg survey analysts say that is now the average price for a gallon of gas nationwide. just 11 cents shy of the all-time high. but lumberg is also predicting a drop in gas by as much as a dime by memorial day after crude oil prices took a dive last week. president obama believes that it is possible that osama bin laden got help from inside pakistan to avoid being discovered. he tells cbs that the slain al qaeda leader must have had a support system. the real question is whether any of those people are in the pakistani government, the military or the intelligence services. president obama is demanding the
pakistanis launch an investigation. well, these are scenes of celebration immediately after the announcement of osama bin laden's death. but since then some have shown concern. these expressions of payry yachtism reflect poor moral judgment. one of the i-reporters on the streets of new york city caught on the day the president went to ground zero. >> i think it's wrong to celebrate the death of a human being. if you're saying that this is a piece of [ bleep ] and not a human being, then you're lying yourself. he is a human being. >> go somewhere else, this is yacht not your place here today. >> should the death of the man ever be celebrated? what image is projected around the world when these pictures, this video of americans celebrating the death of osama
bin laden are shown and beamed across the globe? we are joined now with a professor of religion and peace building at the university of notre dame. what was your first thought when you saw these images of americans celebrating after the announcement of the death of osama bin laden? >> well, for all religions, cultures and philosophies, death is a very solemn and sad moment. that's often celebrated with a deep reflection and respect. death usually accentuates and highlights the value of the human life, no matter how this human is evil or monstrous. so i was a bit surprised, of course, to see the cheers because the first thing that came to my mind was a sort of different image. the image of just imagine a gathering at ground zero where you have a candle vigil, for
example, that's trying to connect with the dead and the victims of 9/11. and also that tries to open a new chapter of peace and tranquility instead of cheering and partying over the death of a human being. >> let me ask you this, professor, some people will say to you in response, well, this is not celebrating the death of a man, it is celebrating the end of a painful chapter in american history that started on 9/11 and that ended with the death or the decapitation of this terrorist network that so wounded america. so what is wrong with celebrating that some would ask you? >> this is absolutely the truth. most of the cheering crowd at the beginning would actually -- young people, young women and men who grew up with the image of bin laden as a terrorist who was indeed responsible for the death of many thousands.
also, the issue that justice has been delayed for about ten years in search for bin laden and hunting him down, and then all of a sudden justice was served as president obama declared on that night. so obama or osama's death has been seven days now since his death. and are we a whole week wiser and prudent? we can reflect. of course, the initial response was a realistic response. given as you said, people waited to see justice served. the question is, there is a difference between taking or charting higher ground and taking more of the ethical course. >> all right. thank you very much, professor, you are from notre dame there with your analysis of the last few days with americans definitely in the hours
following the announcement of osama bin laden's death celebrating in the streets. thank you very much for joining us on cnn. three american hikers accused of entered iran illegally are supposed to go on trial this week. two of them are. one was released, but one of them says she has no plans to show up. we'll tell you more about this story after this.
campbell, kentucky, and am dan lotham. what hispanic groups has not gotten the kind of attention it did serves. the president will fly to el paso, texas, to deliver remarks on comprehensive immigration reform. then on wednesday he'll attend a town hall meeting at the museum in washington before delivering remarks on thursday at the hispanic prayer breakfast. i'm kate baldwin on capitol hill. john boehner will be giving an economic speech in new york where we could learn more about the republican position in the ongoing negotiations over the debt limit. vice president biden tuesday will be holding the second meeting of the bipartisan group trying to hammer out a deal over just this, raising the debt ceiling. also this week, dean helder is sworn in as the next senator from nevada taking the seat of the senator resigning in light of the ethics scandal. and house republicans will be bringing a bill to the floor
promoting more offshore drilling and senate democrats are holding a hearing over ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies. interestingly, oil and gas company executives have been called to testify. i'm paul steinhouser at the cnn political desk. donald trump heads back to new hampshire on wednesday. he makes his second trip in the past couple of weeks to the state what holds the first primary in the race for the white house. he'll decide by june if he'll run for president. and newt gingrich will make news this week. by the time he speaks at the georgia gop convention on friday he'll be a candidate for president. i'm poppy harlow in new york. we have a busy week on wall street with a lot of economic news. we'll get a look at the latest retale sales numbers as well as two key inflation readings. we'll see the impact of rising flood and energy prices in those numbers. and we'll get earnings from major corporations including cisco and macy's. we'll see how the market responds to all of it and track it all for you on cnn money. i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. here's what we are watching this
week. the daytime emmy nominations are out. it will be an emotional announcement after the shocking news of "all my children" and "one life to live" being canceled. also, we are one-on-one with kim kardashian. it is exclusively at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. now looking ahead to news that will grab headlines around the world, the focus is back on a hiker once imprisoned in iran. sarah shourd was the only one to leave. she is refusing to return to iran for her trial. we have the full story now. so we have her two male friends, one is her fiance, but the two gentlemen will be tried. will she be tried? >> she won't be tried. she came out this week -- she's not returning to iran because she said, during this 14-month imprisonment i suffered from depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome and can't do
back. >> i'm not sure anyone blames her for that. the trial is wednesday, the 11th of may, what happens? >> from there what we expect to see is this is the second session of the trial. and the first session, which was held back in february, was a private session. so we don't know if this is going to be open to the public or not. and, again, the first session sean and josh said, we are innocent, we are not guilty. >> what are the charges, remind us? >> they are charged with espionage and spying for the u.s. they are saying, no, we were just hiking and were hiking in iraq's region where they illegally crossed into iran. >> the mothers of the hikers have gone on tv for the last several years saying, this is all a big misunderstanding. s release our children. >> absolutely. >> what happens after wednesday? what happens after the trial wednesday? do we know how long it will be? a one day thing or a one-week thing? >> we don't know what's going to
happen or what they will be charged with or how they will be charged because espionage in and of itself under iranian law can carry the death penalty, but as we know from iranian journalists, she was convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years of prison and then freed. >> that was a much shorter timeframe. these young men have been in prison for a while now. how long has it been? >> 21 months. edging close to two years. >> thank you so much. well, two-time defending nba champions the los angeles lakers trying for a third title this afternoon going head-to-head with the dallas mavericks. we'll tell you whether they kept their hopes alive or not. imagination. ♪ usey,, the new blackberry playbook. ♪ cos i'm gonna make you see ♪ there's nobody else here, no one like me. ♪ small enough to take anywhere. powerful enough to take you everywhere. ♪ i'm special
the los angeles lakers two-time defending nba champions blown out of the playoffs this afternoon with an embarrassing 122-86 loss in dallas. let's talk about this. john from sports illustrated is here. what happened to the lakers? they needed this win. >> that's a great question. you said embarrassed, that was what it was. they were losing in the series. this was a dynasty team, defending champions, to see them go out like this, they needed to win today to stay alive. this was as close to a surrender as you'll see in a basketball
game. pretty striking result, especially for a team of this magnitude now that the nba playoffs got interesting. >> it was a complete meltdown. doesn't it seem as though they gave up in the second quarter? just gave up. >> it really seemed that way, yeah. they lost the first two games at home, which is never a good sign. lost game three. there was talk that kobe bryant said we'll be the team coming back from 0-3. after ten minutes, you hate to accuse someone of quitting, but that was not -- that was not a strong effort. phil jackson, their coach, probably the most successful coach, not just in basketball but in team sports. this could be his last game. so again, pretty unser moans you exit for him. and surprising results seeing the lakers lose but get swept. >> let's talk about the osama bin laden killing that has found its way into the sports headlines. the pittsburgh steelers running back rashard mendenhall got in trouble for tweets about bin laden's death. let's take a look.
this was the first tweet, perhaps less controversial than the second one. this was the first one. what kind of person celebrates death? it is amazing how people can hate a man they have never even heard speak. we have only heard one side. but the second one, we'll never really know what happened. i just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition-tile. the perils of social networking. if i have said it one, i've said it a thousand times. think before you tweet. >> you know, what's funny here is i think he did think. i mean, he sort of came out a few days late we are an explanation not really an apology. one interesting twist is we are in the lockout situation in football, so he didn't get in trouble. the team hasn't had much communication with him. this is the perils of social networking, but he's free to have opinions be offensive to many. on the flip side of that, his
endorsers are free to drop him and fans can boo him as they certainly will. it is an interesting context. >> what endorsement deals did he lose as a result of this? >> well, he lost a deal with champion that was a direct result of the tweeting. it is preting interesting. at some level you can be a first amendment absolutist, but it will be interesting to see if there's football this fall. this is not something fans on opposing teams will forget. it will be interesting to see how this plays out if there's a football season. >> you think it will be that enduring? >> athletes have made stupid and silly tweets, but something that cuts to the core questioning the veracity of 9/11 or a tweet that some people may interpret as being not sufficiently anti-osama bin laden, i think this will be brought up again.
with sports talk radio, you can rest assured when he goes into x market to play a game, this will be dredged up even if it is september or october. >> john, thank you very much. >> thank you. i'm sure you have heard this before, women are waiting later in life to have kids. you probably know many people who have waited until past 40, but did you know the number of first-time moms over 40 has gone up? on this mother's day, we take a look at a new online initiative that's helping mature mothers. mature. the recovery in the u.s. job market is getting stronger. the economy added 244,000 jobs in april and the private sector tacked on 268,000 jobs. that's the biggest monthly increase in five years. for the first time in 20 years there are fewer american homes with a tv. according to nielson the number of households with tvs has
dropped more than 2% in the past year. one reason, a growing number of young people watch movies and tv programs online. and streaming video seems to take a lot of energy. over the past decade the power needed to run computer servers has increased by more than 10% every year. the internet already uses more electricity than u.s. car and truck production. that's this week's "getting down to business." alison kosik, cnn. hey, did you ever finish last month's invoices? sadly, no. oh. but i did pick up your dry cleaning and had your shoes shined. well, i made you a reservation at the sushi place around the corner. well, in that case, i better get back to these invoices... which i'll do right after making your favorite pancakes. you know what? i'm going to tidy up your side of the office. i can't hear you because i'm also making you a smoothie. [ male announcer ] marriott hotels & resorts knows it's better for xerox to automate their global invoice process so they can focus on serving their customers.
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then when i finally did become a mother, strangers would sometimes mistake me for my daughter's grandmother. that comment still stings even today. well, these are women talking about the struggles of mature motherhood, having kids for the first time in their 40s. it may be difficult, but it's also happening more and more often. the cdc found that women ages 40 to 44 were the only group to have a jump in birth rates. women all other ages are having
fewer babies. there's a new on-line initiative to support midlife moms. angel la liberty, who has a blog for moms over 40. what is this initiative all about for mom who's may have their -- who are having their first children over the age of 40? >> well, as you probably have seen from the statistics lately, there's a 6% rise in women having children after the age of 40. in fact, they're the only age group of women showing a rise in birth rate. all other age groups are down, so we're having sort of a mini-baby boom, but this age group is not very well understood in terms of the challenges they face and in terms of the gifts and benefits they bring to children. they can feel socially isolated from the mainstream population of mothers, so the initiative a child after 40 is all about empowering women on this journey
through providing them peer group support through an on-line support and information and resources and through acknowledge and celebrating what they bring to motherhood. >> was this the case for you? was this the case for you? did you have your first child over 40? >> i -- you know, after i -- i did. i had two children after 40, and after i started researching this, did i find out how blessed i really am. i actually conceived both of my children naturally in the old-fashioned way. >> uh-huh. >> i gave birth just before 42 the first time, and almost at 45 the second time. i truly understand what these -- this age group of mothers is going through, facing in terms of challenges. i think one of the things that we deal with and that comes as a bit of a surprise is there's a certain level of social discrimination based on our age. >> what kind of discrimination? i have to say, i have a lot of friends in that age group who
had children late, late 30s, early 40s. i mean, it's more and more common. >> well, you know, some women are having good experiences, and i have to say that public attitude is improving as the population of older mothers increases, but, you know, let me put it this way. there have been studies that have shown that women as old as in their 50s cope just as well as younger mothers in terms of caring stress and physically and emotionally there are no differences, but wills still a deep seeded i think reaction in society that women old enough to be grandmothers should not be mothers, and one of the ways i think this is born out is by the old double standard. you have men having children in their 50s, 60s, even 70s. look at people like elton john, mick jagger, paul mccartney, and they get a pack on the back and a sdar.
women who are older get labelled as selfish and putting their own needs before the child. >> i think those at tudz are changing. as more and more older women decide to have children, angel la liberte, the founder of flower power mom.com. how old is your he wouldest? >> sorry? >> how old is your eldest child? >> my son is 8. my daughter is 5. i'm 50. >> happy mother's day, angel. your top stories are next. [ woman ] we take it a day at a time.
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a passenger caused a security scare foed from chicago to houston. the plane landed in st. louis and a man was removed. airport officials say the passenger had to be restrained during the flight after he tried to open a forward exit door. in memphis officials fear the mississippi river could crest as high as 52 feet, well above flood stage. they don't expect it to go much above 48 feet, but they won't know until tuesday. residents are urged to evacuate from low-lying areas that could be engulfed by the historic flooding, which is on track to be the worst the city has seen in more than 70 years. >> i'm holly at the world headquarters in atlanta. a cnn special report dr.